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Why Choose a Fiberglass Swimming Pool

Updated on June 17, 2008

Fiberglass Pools

The concept of using fiberglass to build a pool is not new. Fiberglass has been used in boat construction for many many years, and these pools are similarly fabricated. Fiberglass is lightweight and flexible.

You do have to choose from what the manufacturer has to offer, but there are many different shapes to choose from nowadays, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that suits your family's lifestyle!

Some of the fiberglass pool manufacturers are: San Juan Pools, Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools, Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools, Hawaiian, Ocean Reef Pools, Viking...

The Pleasure Island Fiberglass Pool

San Juan Pleasure Island Model
San Juan Pleasure Island Model

Pros & Cons of going with Fiberglass

A fiberglass swimming pool will cost you less money over the long run in maintenance cost. You can use less chemicals, less electricity (lower filtration periods), and less heat energy (Gas or electric). The installation time is almost half of that of a gunite pool too, so you will be swimming sooner!

The only real disadvantages that I could find to a fiberglass pool is that it initially costs a bit more than a similar sized gunite pool, and you have to choose from the shapes and sizes that the manufacturer has to offer. With gunite you can completely custommize the shape and design of your pool.

Fiberglass Swimming Pools

Save Money with a Fiberglass Pool

There are several ways that a fiberglass pool will save you big bucs over the long run.

1. Never needs resurfacing. A gunite or concrete pool needs to be resurfaced eventually. Depending upon how well you care for your pool, it could be in 7 year, or it could be in 12 years, but it will need to happen. Fiberglass NEVER NEEDS RESURFACING!

2. Saves on electricity. Fiberglass pools do not leech anything into the water. Concrete pools can and do leech metals, calcium, and alkaloids via their plaster finish. Because of this lack of excess material in the water, you do not have to filter the water for as long as you would have to with a concrete or gunite pool

3. Saves on Chemicals. Witout the added alkaloids in the water, you do not have to use as many chemicals to attempt to chemically balance your pool water. Also, Fiberglass is impervious to algae. The gel coat is non porous, inhibiting algae growth and it is resistant to acids and oxidizers.

Other Uses for Fiberglass

Nearly every industry today is using fiberglass due to its inherent strength, & durability. As I said earlier, boat manufacturers build boat hulls & yachts out of it; medical equipment is manufactured out of fiberglass; the aviation industry builds some plane bodies and helicopter rotors with fiberglass, race car bodies are commonly built with fiberglass because it is strong, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive...the list goes on


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      Amy Appleton 

      8 years ago

      Interesting, I'll have to look more into this. Do you have any other hubs?

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      8 years ago

      I think it balances out... the fiberglass pool may be more costly in the beginning, but it will work out well in the end with less maintenance with resurfacing and additional chemicals.

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      Tommy B 

      10 years ago

      I think fiberglass swimming pool are great. I do not understand why they cost more than a concrete swimming pool.


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